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Sierra Nevada World Music Festival

It's summer festival season once again, and this weekend's Sierra Nevada World Music Festival provides an opportunity for an adventure without even leaving Northern California. This year's festival takes place at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, so getting there is half the fun, but only half. Bring grills, tents, coolers, and sunscreen and prepare yourself for a truly world-class lineup. Each day is stocked with classic artists and contemporary global pop stars, and though the bill is heavy with roots reggae, Brazilian, African, French, Mexican, and Spanish acts balance out the vibes well. Headliners include Toots & the Maytals, Bunny Wailer, Sugar Minott, Derrick Morgan, Markus James, and Ojos de Brujo, but don't sleep on the undercard, which features a nice range of worldly rhythms from Afro-Euro duo Les Nubians, Mexican reggae folksters Rastrillos, flamenco/son specialists LoCura, Ghanaian music and dance ensemble Kusun, South American superstar Carlinhos Brown, and numerous others. Think of it as a mini-vacation just three hours north. Friday through Sunday June 22-24. $50-$125, single-day and festival passes available. Visit for tickets, camping info, and a complete lineup.


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